COVID 19 Hits Close to Home

What a week it has been for ½ of Lin and Kim. 

On Monday June 29th, I (Kim) got a phone call from one of my best friends telling me that her son- in- law tested positive for COVID 19.  Three days later I got another call from another dear friend informing me that her brother- in- law and sister both tested positive for the virus.  The brother- in- law was hospitalized for several days, and was discharged on oxygen. Until that time, he had been completely healthy.  Fast forward to July 4th.  The day was going well.  My family and I celebrated my brother’s 56th birthday social distance style.   Mom prepared dinner, fixed the plates and put them on the front porch.  A few family members (only 6) stopped by.  We sang Happy Birthday from more than 6 feet apart.  It was cute and a good day. 

As we were getting ready to go our separate ways home to eat the wonderful dinner mom prepared, I got another phone call.  The third call of the week.  This call is not unusual because the person on the other line is a person I talk to every day.  I answer and my friend says “I hate to share this news with you.”  My heart dropped.  My friend proceeds to tell me that his mother tested positive for COVID 19!! Immediately I go into semi panic mode.  I knew what was next.  My friend had been around his mother and I had been around my friend.  OH BOY!!!!!

We immediately went into action.  We started our own contact tracing and let me make it very clear, everyone in my circle is COVID conscious. We wear masks, we wipe down with disinfectant wipes, we wash our hands, we use hand sanitizer when in public and we are not attending or having large gatherings.  Everything we can do to stay safe and keep others safe, we are doing. We knew we had to get tested as soon as possible.  Luckily Lexington Medical Center was conducting free community testing on Tuesday July 7th.  We all got tested.  My friend took his family, I took my mother and cousin. We wanted to make sure we did our part in trying to stop the spread of this deadly contagion. 

For me the test wasn’t bad at all. One quick stick in each nostril and it was over.  The only thing that has me stressed out is waiting for the results to back. I was told it should take 7 – 10 days.  I’m feeling fine, doing fine and I’m thinking positively.  Whatever the results turn out to be, the STRESS of waiting is real.  No matter how hard I try to think and be positive, there’s this little thought that keeps creeping in my mind. The “what if” question.   I can’t wait to get the results…..SIGH

This virus is real.  It is deadly.  Be smart.  Be vigilant in every move you make.  STAY SAFE. 

Continue to “dEFYLIFe by doing the right thing.

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